Tetanocera elata


Tetanocera elata has dark shading to the outer edge of the wings and a dark patch on the head behind the ocelli.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Varied habitats including dry and damp grasslands, rides and clearings of woods, coastal dunes, heathland and the edges of wetlands, valley mire etc. though there is no particular association with wetlands.

When to see it

Adults can be found from May until September.

Life History

This species predates on slugs.

UK Status

A widespread and frequent species throughout much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Further Information

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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